For the first time, social media is included in transfer of presidential power The new @POTUS Twitter account for President Donald Trump is shown in this frame grab, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The technological transition came just as Trump took the oath Friday, giving him a clean digital slate. The White House’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts were quickly scrubbed and rebranded. It’s the first time social media accounts have been a part of the transition. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)
For the first time, social media is included in transfer of presidential power
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Donald Trump built his campaign on early morning tweets and hashtag-worthy slogans. Now president, he's in control of the White House's powerful social media arsenal. It includes the official @POTUS Twitter account that has nearly 14 million followers.
 
The technological transition came just as Trump took the oath of office Jan. 20. It gave him a clean digital slate. Meanwhile, hundreds of tweets and posts made during President Barack Obama's time in office have been preserved.
 
The White House's official Twitter and Facebook accounts were quickly purged and rebranded for the new administration. This was the first time social media accounts have been a part of the transition.
 
Trump didn't rush to use the @POTUS account.
 
Trump sent his first tweets as president from @realDonaldTrump. It is his personal account where his thousands of candid-on-everything, from immigration to golf course conditions, helped propel him into a political force.
 
"We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth - and we will bring back our dreams!" Trump told his 21 million followers about an hour into his presidency.
 
A few hours later, the @POTUS account sprung to life. There was a photo of Trump being introduced at the swearing-in ceremony. There was a link to a Facebook post on the occasion. The same image appeared on the White House's Instagram account.
 
Tweets generated during the Obama administration have been archived. They were moved to separate accounts such as @FLOTUS44, @VP44 and @ObamaWhiteHouse.
 
The same went for official White House accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Medium, Tumblr and YouTube.
 
Turning over social media accounts is a modern twist on the complex presidential transition. It is the 21st century version of handing over nuclear codes and the keys to the Oval Office.
 
The White House's digital transition plans were announced a week before the election. They stressed that the National Archives would preserve social media content in a similar fashion as paper records.
 
Twitter, which helped transition White House accounts on its platform, said anyone who started following POTUS during Obama's presidency would automatically start following POTUS44, too.
 
"Citizens and their elected leaders around the world have come to rely on Twitter as an instantaneous, direct means of communication," Twitter's Colin Crowell said. "The transparency and accountability that this global, open Twitter conversation fosters are a benefit to all. And we're glad to see today's smooth @POTUS transition."
 
Obama presided over the White House's push into social media. The first official White House account was @whitehouse. It was created in April 2009. That was his third month in office. The @POTUS account didn't come around until June 2013.
 
Obama sent a farewell tweet from @POTUS on Jan. 20. He followed up a few hours later with one from his @BarackObama account.
 
"Hi everybody! Back to the original handle," Obama wrote. "Is this thing still on?"

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why did Donald Trump want to continue using @realdonaldtrump?
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COMMENTS (54)
  • tiffanyh-ste
    1/26/2017 - 12:56 p.m.

    I think it's cool that the social media wants to be involved in all the presidential stuff because it lets everyone else know what's going on. Some of it gets annoying after awhile but we should all know what's happening.

  • hanna-war
    1/26/2017 - 01:57 p.m.

    Donald Trump probably wanted to continue using his @realdonaldtrump account due to the fact that it was personal. By using his personal account he doesn't have to follow as many restrictions as he would have to on an official government account. Also he already have 20 million followers that were his own were the white house account had Obama's followers as well.

  • marquism1-bla
    1/27/2017 - 08:38 a.m.

    Donald Trump wanted to make his own twitter account. He wanted to continue using it because he was kind of scared to use the POTUS account. Donald Trump has more followers than the account already. This article talks about twitter and Donald Trump having a twitter account. My opinion on is great because I wouldn`t get an account that someone else also has.

  • jenna-war
    1/27/2017 - 09:54 a.m.

    I think the he should create a more professional account sense he is President now.

  • gauge-war
    1/27/2017 - 09:58 a.m.

    Trump was in my choice the best candidate in the presidential campaign. Its god that the world is keeping up with itself and have a big influence with politics on social media. America needed to know how to check on what's happening in their government and social media is a great way to.

  • logan2-war
    1/27/2017 - 09:59 a.m.

    Donald Trump continued to use his personal account because his new account @POTUS was not yet up and running for him to use, so he made his first presidential tweet from his personal account, @realdonaldtrump.

  • summer2-war
    1/27/2017 - 09:59 a.m.

    Donald Trump wanted to continue using his previous twitter handle until the @POTUS one was officially up and running and didn't see a point of rushing over to his new twitter account. He already has millions of followers on his popular account and wanted his first tweets as president to be personal.

  • anthony3-war
    1/27/2017 - 10:00 a.m.

    I believe that the Presidents involving social media is a key part. That's how the president will be able to talk to the new generation. The new generation will be basically based off of technology and social media.

  • gabby-war
    1/27/2017 - 10:01 a.m.

    Donald Trump wanted to continue using his @realdonaldtrump account because it was his personal account and he wanted to wait until the @POTUS account was up and running, and Trump's personal account already had millions of followers.

  • danielle-war
    1/27/2017 - 10:01 a.m.

    idk what to say Idc about this

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